I am planning to buy Director's viewfinder. This is the one I am going for. http://www.bhphotovi...Viewfinder.html
As I am a student, I can get the student discount, around 75 dollars less. So far I have used the viewfinder only once and I liked it. My friends are using iPhone apps and told me that the apps pretty much function the same as viewfinder and they cost only $30.
* Is it worth buying actual viewfinders over apps? Are there any big difference?
* I am also considering the other options - micro and mini viewfinders which is one-fourth of the price of actual viewfinders.
All three viewfinders cover varying film standards and video formats. Big one have more aspect ratios and focal length ranges than the micro/mini. But the price is almost 4 times the micro/mini. Any disadvantages in using micro/mini over the big one?
* One of my senior who graduated and now working in indie films told me that other than location scouting, directors rarely used the viewfinder these days as there is a HD monitor while shooting and directors just look at that to give the framing adjustments. (Looked like even for location scouting, only very few directors used it, others just took still pictures.) Is it worth buying a viewfinder for shooting in digital?
* If I buy one, can I use the viewfinder for any digital cameras?